CarPlay and Android Auto will be limited to the 2016 GMC Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra, and all 2016 Buick Regal and LaCrosse models. As detailed by Apple and now General Motors, CarPlay brings the iPhone experience to four wheels. All you need is a compatible car and iPhone, and you get easy access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, and third-party audio apps.
A key element in connecting users to their preferred user interface (CarPlay vs. Android Auto) is GM’s IntelliLink system, which makes phones and GM vehicles “work better together”, says Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.
At the beginning of the 2016 model year, GMC’s Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra, which all come with an eight-inch screen, will be limited to CarPlay. A seven-inch screen will be offered with Sierra base models, which will come with CarPlay and Android Auto capability at the beginning of the model year, with Android Auto slowly rolling out on eight-inch models later in the year.
The announcement comes after GM said it would add CarPlay to 14 new 2016 Chevrolet models later in 2016, and that its luxury car brand, Cadillac, is to receive a CarPlay upgrade for 2016 models.